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High Season Costa Rica Adventures

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Costa Rica’s high season is here, and the real fun is about to begin!

There are many reasons visitors make their way to Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast: From birdwatching to ziplining, there are plenty of ways enjoy its biodiversity, as well as boost your heart rate a bit.

As the weather transitions from the green season, the temperatures remain steady as the humidity begins to drop.

Rafting the Savegre and Naranjo rivers offers landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities from a different point of view. The rainforest meets the riverbank and you’ll see stunning waterfalls and colorful birds as you raft down the river over rapids. Or, a relaxing kayak trip down the Paquita River to Damas Island, well-known for its mangrove estuary, is a chance to see white-faced monkeys, sloths, green iguanas, and silky anteaters, to name a few.

A horseback ride through the rainforest, with one of the local cowboys to guide you and point out the flora and fauna along the way to Los Sueños waterfall, is another leisurely way to enjoy the outdoors. Once at the waterfall, there are refreshing, natural pools where you can take a dip.

Ziplining through Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy is a rush to remember: combining the thrill of flying in the treetops and the awe of the bird’s eye view of the canopy’s incredible biodiversity. Bromeliads provide homes for frogs and insects, and birds, monkeys, and sloths move from tree to tree.

Canyoneering combines zip lining and rappelling for an experience anyone can enjoy—no experience required as guides provide the equipment and training to rappel through the waterfalls and over rivers.  If you can talk yourself into it, you can even try jumping from the cliffs (4 to 25-foot drops) to the pools below.

The surf is as gentle as the views are stunning on Tortuga Island, a 45-minute boat ride from Los Sueños Marina. Hike the island, snorkel, or soak up the sun on the white sand beach. The island is well-known for its diving sites, including a few shipwrecks. Underwater marine inhabitants include stingrays, angelfish, sharks, Spinner dolphins, and octopus.

Most beaches in the area are accessible, but keep valuables with you, especially passports and driver’s licenses. Jacó is one of Costa Rica’s hottest surfing spots. For sure, the surf’s up at nearly every beach in the area, just paddle out and catch a wave.

Finally, as the dry season begins, anglers start to gear up and can expect great bill fishing offshore from the Los Sueños Marina, as well as roosterfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, snapper and more.

Wherever you go and whatever you decide to do, you can expect a dream vacation at Los Sueños.

 

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Top 10 Things to do in Costa Rica- Mountain Biking

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Costa Rica is Abundant With Amazing Trails for Mountain Biking

Whether you enjoy an occasional biking challenge or biking is part of your way of life, Costa Rica is a great place to put rubber to road. You will be hard pressed to find more exciting or more beautiful trails anywhere in the world. The rainforests are lush, the mountains are majestic, and there are fascinating things to see at every turn.

mountain biker in Costa Rica RainforestIt should be noted that Costa Rica’s main roads are not truly suitable for biking, as they are narrow, lack shoulders, and sometimes traverse difficult terrain. However, hundreds of mountain trails beckon across the country, offering the best kind of biking adventure.

You have two options when biking in Costa Rica. You can bring your own ride, which is relatively easy to do (simply check it as luggage). This is a better option for serious riders who are used to their own equipment. Or, for a nominal fee (about $10 a day), you can rent a bike at a number of travel destinations across the country. Renting may be the best option for those who are just looking to make mountain biking part of their overall trip.

There are a number of great places for mountain biking in Costa Rica, and each offers a different experience. If you are a weekend warrior looking to take scenic tours through the Costa Rican landscape, you can go it alone on some of the easier trails, or you can take a mountain biking tour.

There are some obvious advantages to a tour: it is guided, so you will be able to see and do more than you could on your own; you won’t be left to your own devices if you experience technical difficulties; and there are tours available for different abilities, interests and terrain, so you are likely to find one that perfectly suits you.

If you are an experienced biker looking for a good challenge, you may want to take a custom tour. These tours are organized by well-versed riders who know all the best trails, and who will typically provide participants with professional equipment.

If you are a hard-core biker who wants to go it alone, there are plenty of trails that aren’t for the faint of heart. The Arenal Volcano is a favorite destination among serious mountain biking enthusiasts, prized for its diverse waterfall, mountain and volcano scenes and its challenging loop trails. Experienced bikers also like the Turrialba Volcano, Rincon de Vieja National Park, and the cloud forests in Central Valley.

The mountains can get chilly, so it is best to wear light layers. It is important to stay hydrated, even in cooler altitudes, so make sure you have plenty of water. It is also a good idea to bring along tools or extra parts for your bike in case you need to do some quick repairs while far from civilization.

 

 

 

 

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